Jill M. Rohrbach
The theme for the 2010 Red, White & Blue Parade is “Star Spangled Pride.” The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. When I was growing up, a parade always meant candy would be thrown from the floats, which was great excitement for a kid. Today it’s a safety issue. (Hey we weren’t required to wear seatbelts back then either.) But don’t fear kids, candy is not been banned from this parade. For your safety though, only walkers beside the floats are allowed to toss candy to the crowd.
The huge fireworks show is put on by an award-winning company, A.M. Pyrotechnics and will take place Saturday night. Each Year, Carter’s Jewel Chest of Mountain Home designs a custom piece of jewelry created especially to commemorate the Red White and Blue Festival. You can buy tickets to try to win it.
Held the last weekend in June, the RWB Festival is sponsored by community donations and gifts in kind. It’s a great family-friendly community endeavor that has become a summertime tradition for locals and visitors alike. More than 4,000 visitors and area residents enjoyed the festival last year and an even larger attendance is expected this year due to the expanded schedule of events.
The following are some of the activities you’ll find at the festival.
— Red, White & Blue Rodeo featuring The Chicks-n-Spurs Drill Team, The World Class Team Ghost — Riders, and Tim Lepard’s amazing Monkeys and their faithful Doggie steeds
— 41st annual Area Art Show and Sale
— ‘Friday Night on the Square’ on ASUMH Campus featuring Leslie Williams & the High Strung Band
— ‘Movie in the Park’ on Campus featuring the movie My Dog Skip
— Rhino Rock Climbing Wall
— Dunking Booth
— Paul Bunyan Pancake Breakfast
— 14u USSSA Girls fast pitch softball tournament
— Car Show
— Country Music Talent Contest
— 5K Run
— Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Mobile Aquarium
— Bar None Cowboy Church Service
The Kids’ Zone will feature:
— Ronzo and Lollygag the Clowns-balloon artists and Catfish the Clown Musician/Juggler on the Kids’ Stage
— Stilt Walker, Chris Stanley
— D.A.R.E. Trailer & Drunk Goggles by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department
— Dart Balloon Game
— Duck Pond & Bean Bag Toss
— Face Painting
— Turtle Race
— Magician, Jerry Strobel
— Milking Trailer
— North Central Arkansas SPCA’s Kid games & Helper Dogs demo
— Patriotic Bead Necklaces
— Bounce House
— Build your own tool box
— Peddle Go-Carts & Basket Ball Toss
— Train Rides
Some of the music offered on the Red, White & Blue Concert Stage is:
— American Idol contestant Dave Pittman
— Hot Ice Band
— Cliff Hudson & the Cliff Hudson Band
You know part of the fun is the festival food. Here’s what you’ll find:
— Rainbow Flavored Sno-balls – Sno-cones, Deep Fried Twinkies & Oreos, Deep Fried Hot dogs Ribbon Fries, Funnel Cakes
— Mountain Home Kettle Corn – Kettle Popcorn
— The American Grille – American Grill Burgers, Jumbo hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, assorted chips, soda, and water.
— Tasty Treats – Funnel Cakes, Caramel apple bites, Deep Fried Twinkies & Oreos, Ft long corn dogs chicken tenders, chili cheese fries, nachos, Frito pies, drinks
— Cabin Kookers of the Ozarks – BBQ Beef, Pork, Chicken, Chips, beans, BBQ Frito Pie, hot dogs, drinks
— Let’s Do Lunch – Gourmet Frozen Yogurt & Bottled Water.
— Snowie – Snow cones and shaved ice
— Brand New Church – Watermelon Slices and cool wraps
— ASU Staff – Popcorn, Soda, popsicles, water and glow in the dark necklaces
Check out RedWhiteBlueFestival.com for a detailed schedule of events (including dates and times) or call 870-425-5111. You can also find more information about the festival and region at Facebook.com/redwhitebluefestival and EnjoyMountainHome.com.